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Brickstamps of Constantinople: v. 1 & 2

Brickstamps of Constantinople: v. 1 & 2

Multiple copy pack Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology

By (author) Jonathan Bardill

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Multiple copy pack | 638 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 282mm x 51mm | 2,540g
  • Publication date: 3 June 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199255245
  • ISBN 13: 9780199255245
  • Illustrations note: numerous halftones; line drawings and tables in Vol. 2

Product description

Brickstamps of Constantinople provides archaeologists and historians with the first major catalogue and analysis of stamped bricks manufactured in Constantinople and its vicinity in the Late Roman and Early Byzantine periods. The catalogue assembles not only all previously published stamps but also a large amount of unpublished material in archives and museum collections. Most of the variant stamps are illustrated with a sketch, drawing or photograph. The text discusses the organization of the brickmaking industry and the purpose of brickstamping, and establishes for the first time a chronological framework for the material. On the basis of the conclusions, dates are proposed for previously undated structures in the city, and revised dates are given for other monuments.

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Jonathan Bardill is Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, University of Newcastle

Review quote

Exemplary in may respects ... In addition to a very careful and well-illustrated corpus of stamped bricks, this book, through its analyses of construction styles and the constant reference to historical facts, offers in fact the chronology of all the architectural remains known in Constantinople from Constantine to Heraclius and even of some others later still. It recounts the history of building in Constantinople between the 4th and the 7th century, highlighting the phases of development and stagnation. It contains many new and stimulating insights. Professor Jean-Pierre Sodini [A]n exemplary two-volume set ... the clarity of the catalogue and illustrations could not be bettered. ... [A] meticulous demonstration of how to cope with such difficult evidence. ... [A] useful survey of the development of late Roman Constantinople. ... B[ardill] has ... provided excellent service to all those interested in the early history of Constantinople. Professor Michael Whitby, Classical Review The author is to be thanked for a valiant attempt to make sense of a complex issue, and for emphasizing the value of the archaeological evidence in the assessment of our capital city. Byzantinische Zeitschrift

Table of contents

VOLUME 1: TEXT AND CATALOGUE ; 1. CONSTANTINOPOLITAN BRICKS AND BRICKSTAMPS ; 2. The interpretation and purpose of Constantinopolitan brickstamps ; 3. Stamping, storage, and supply ; 4. Construction in Constantinople and the beginning and end of brickstamping. ; 5. TOWARDS ESTABLISHING A CHRONOLOGY ; 6. Dated sites ; 7. Undated sites ; 8. Analysis of brickstamps and bricks from the sites discussed in chapters VI-VII ; 9. Dating the sites discussed in chapters VI-VII on the basis of the brickstamps ; 10. Further stylistic analysis ; 11. Analysis of brickstamps from selected remaining sites ; 12. Conclusion ; 13. THE SOURCES OF THE INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THE CATALOGUE ; 14. The organisation of the catalogue ; The Catalogue ; Indexes ; Site-plans and photographs of momuments ; VOLUME 2: PLATES